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by Scott Bakker

  • ISBN: 0752882791
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Scott Bakker
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion (May 1, 2009)
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • FB2 size: 1720 kb
  • EPUB size: 1640 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 852
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Scott Bakker is the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Fellowship, a Social Sciences and Humanities .

He is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the Prince of Nothing Trilogy, a series that Publisher’s Weekly calls a work of unforgettable power. Regardless, I would only recommend this book to people who have read Bakker's Prince of Nothing series, because I feel it is the only way to really understand where this book comes from. Trying to pick this up if you are looking for an easy read or after trying to find a facsimile of Philip K. Dick would probably be a mistake.

Richard Scott Bakker (born February 2, 1967, Simcoe, Ontario) is a Canadian fantasy author and frequent lecturer in the South Western Ontario university community. He grew up on a tobacco farm in the Simcoe area. In 1986 he attended the University of Western Ontario to pursue a degree in literature and later an MA in theory and criticism. Since the late 1990s, he has been attempting to elucidate theories of media bubbles and the intellectual alienation of the working class.

Neuropath by R. Scott Bakker crackles with energy, a thriller that presents a frighteningly plausible look into the future of neuroscience. I found this an outstanding read, as fascinating as it is original, with real science, real characters, and a relentless plot. On top of that, it raises some big, big questions about free will and the nature of the human mind. Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Blasphemy. At first I couldn't believe what I was reading, and that was scary, and then I could, and that was really scary.

NEUROPATH, by R. Scott Bakker, fit that description for me. I love Bakker’s Prince of Nothing series, and I firmly believe his writing-in terms of quality-is some of the best in the fantasy genre. With NEUROPATH, Bakker attempts to put his spin on the thriller genre. I really wanted to like this book. Seriously, I tried hard. It just didn't happen. NEUROPATH follows the PoV of Tom Bible, a Sometimes, no matter how much I like an author, their latest book ends up being a disappointment.

Scott Bakker ing 'But why?' at every damn turn, and Gary Wassner, who taught me, among so many other things, that complicated fathers were the best fathers of. All. Those who have been instrumental in finessing the book include Jon Wood at Orion Books, Barbara Berson at Penguin Canada, Roger Eichorn, Frank Cameron, Chris O'Brien, and Chris Viger at the University of Western . .

in R. Scott Bakker's Neuropath. But only when he gets near his ultimate target does he reveal the full horror of his plan. in R.

But only when he gets near his ultimate target does he reveal the full horror of his plan. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied. Не удалось найти ни одного отзыва.

Anyway, it's fast paced, full of ideas that will give you pause, and grips you right from the start and doesn't let go. Fans of his other work will enjoy Neil, or the idea of Neil, if they enjoyed Kellhus, Conphas (my fav), or even Aurax/Aurang.

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Reviews about Neuropath (6):
By unbelievably, I mean unbelievable. This story's narrative is a bit hard to swallow at times and is a very narrow view of the human condition. No matter how much I find myself agreeing with the characters in many areas, others push the boundaries too far.
The story appears to be set in a non disclosed future which seems to be how Bakker has attempted to explain some of the mental leaps within. This explanation to me was flimsy at best.
Life's too short to be wasted on reading this.
White gold
This book is not as good as it thinks it is. Not by a long shot. Flat characters, contrived circumstances, and terrible dialogue.
When I first started the Prince of Nothing series, I thought it was a slow, heady experience rife with nihilism. After finishing the first book in the trilogy, I realized I needed to know what Drusas Achamian was going to experience, even though I knew it would probably be stomach churning and remorseless. I approached this book with the same sense of curiosity and dread, knowing Bakker would create a novel with a cold eye.

And in a way this is true, though Thomas may be the most humanistic character Bakker has created. (I can't say for sure yet, because I haven't yet read The Aspect-Emperor books.) Thomas is a good protagonist, cursed with an all too intellectual understanding of determinism vs. free will, which provides and interesting counter-point to the huge emotional crisis he experiences in this book. I give Bakker credit here, because whether or not the reader enjoys this atypical thriller, the deep and contradictory protagonist is surely memorable.

From what I read on Wikipedia, Bakker's wife challenged him to try his hand at a thriller, and for the most part he succeeds. The setting is certainly perfect for a thriller, and unlike the Prince of Nothing books, it tries to flow at an edge of your seat type of pace. The thing is, even though the setting and characters can almost be pulp at times, I couldn't read it as such. The exposition and ideas explored wouldn't let me do so.

After getting about halfway through the book, I couldn't believe I was drawing comparisons with Aldous Huxley. I believe that Huxley's novels, regardless of setting have often been thought of as vehicles for his ideas on the human condition, whether scientific, spritual, or social. This is evident in this book as well. Bakker often uses his characters as a mode of exposition on what I think of as neurological fatalism vs. psychology, and it is quite intriguing, though I imagine these ideas being discussed more in an advanced placement psychology course than in real life.

I would call this a memorable book, though there are some parts that while minor, do make this four stars rather than five. First is Bakker's use of the word "f*ck." Now I love grisly stuff that deals with psychologically scarring incidents when I read books, but I like subtlety as well. Personally I think he uses the word heavy handedly, which brought me out of the experience and left me upset that he would use the word just for its own sake. Second would be the protagonist's ruthless emotional cut-downs of his ex-wife, both internally and externally verbalized. Then again, this may just be one of the things that I always am intimidated by with Bakker's writing; his ruthless and naked prose, stripping away innuendo to gut the reader like a fish.

Regardless, I would only recommend this book to people who have read Bakker's Prince of Nothing series, because I feel it is the only way to really understand where this book comes from. Trying to pick this up if you are looking for an easy read or after trying to find a facsimile of Philip K. Dick would probably be a mistake.
There were some great and disturbing ideas in this book. For the most part it was pretty original. As a thriller it worked quite well but it did take a while to really get started.

The writing style was generally quite decent. I found the `argument' to be fascinating. Some people will probably think that there was too much exposition but I felt that it generally stayed just about realistic. There were reasons why people were having these discussions and the info dumps were not too clunky. Though I did think that there should have been more action and when there was some action it was a little too generic.

It is set slightly in the future and the treatment of it was somewhat inconsistent. Though again some of the possibilities of brain/mind manipulation are extremely intriguing.

I think that this would make a great movie.
This is truly one of the darker and more frightening books I have ever read. Seemingly well versed in neuro-science, Bakker uses this novel to argue that at the root of things, the human 'self' does not exist and is merely an illusion, an accidental byproduct of a neural system that simply 'is'. Of course, he never totally succeeds as the character he uses as his vehicle remains all too human, even when stripped of compassion, objectivity and purpose itself. But he comes close.

The creature revealed when the humanity is stripped away seems to me to reflect the image of the Ipsissimuss, the ultimate mystic and magician freed of all restraint and identity (read some Crowley if this interests you, but don't expect the aptness of the analogy to leap at you).

One of the finest novels I have read in what must surely be a fairly new sub genre. Highly recommended.

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